Public Protector clears President on Phala Phala scandal


President Cyril Ramaphosa has been cleared of wrongdoing in the Phala Phala scandal.

This is according to acting Public Protector, Kholeka Gcaleka.

She released the long-awaited outcomes of her probe into the matter this afternoon.

The Public Protector’s investigators could not find evidence showing that the president was actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Phala Phala farm.

The report found that the allegations that the president had violated the Executive Ethics Code and that there was a conflict of interest between his business dealings and his constitutional obligations were unsubstantiated.

It relates to the robbery at the president’s Phala Phala game farm in Limpopo three years ago.

Questions around the president’s misconduct emerged, as the robbery of foreign currency was not reported to the police, and the alleged suspects had been caught with the help of Namibian officials.

All of this took place without the knowledge of the police.

Former state security head, Arthur Fraser blew the whistle last year.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) also cleared the president and his companies, saying that are compliant with their tax obligations.

Meanwhile, the president’s head of security for the robbery at his Phala Phala game farm.

Gcaleka also found that Major General Wally Rhoode has a case to answer on why the robbery of foreign currency was not reported to police in February 2020.


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